Silly toil

Sometimes far too much is asked and expected of us. We are simply slaves to someone else’s agenda. We are probably being manipulated. So stand back if you are being asked to do too much. If it cannot be done without loss of the balance of your life and if you are no longer happy…

The Happiness Habit

Brian Colbert has written a book called The Happiness Habit: choose the path to a better life. It is excellent. It is very well written. It provides lots of useful tools to help sharpen your thinking and to help people make decisions about issues or challenges they face. The exercises are simple to do and…

Cardinal Brady’s position untenable

It was fun on the streets of Kells, county Meath, this afternoon. I never saw so many people dressed as leprechauns in my life! The weather was mild. It didn’t rain. There was a happy, relaxed atmosphere. A pleasant way to spend an hour with young families. There were tractors aplenty – this is a…

Wise Owl Book Club

The Wise Owl book club – by far the finest and most convivial book club in this part of the Milky Way – meets at the Newgrange Hotel, Navan, County Meath, once a month, generally on a Monday evening at 7 p.m.  If you love books and tend more towards Anna Karenina and Hemingway than chic lit,…

Falling

Last night I dreamt I saw a man falling off a kind of ledge. In the dream, I think he is a cousin of mine. My wife and I rush outside. I dread to think of the sight I might see. But once I look down I see that he is up and working as…

First cycle of the year

I had my first cycle of the year yesterday. Last year I started I think on 1st January. This year it was 6th March. But the weather has been so very cold, the winter so hard and long. And last autumn we had so much rain and flooding. I’m out of shape. But it felt…

Mood

Mood is a strange thing. Sometimes the mood is light. Sometimes heavy. I guess awareness is the key. At least let’s be aware of changes in mood. Ignatius of Loyola, the guy who founded the Jesuits, was into mood. He recommended that people take a little time at the end of each day to become…